One of the most common procedures that we offer at the Hollywood Diagnostics Center is those of MRIs. An MRI is a a type of scan to help assess what is going on inside the body. But let’s dive in a little deeper.
What is an MRI?
An MRI aka a magnetic resonance imaging scan is a common procedure. An MRI uses a strong magnetic field and radio waves to create detailed images of the organs and tissues within the body.
MRIs are non-invasive and painless. The MRI scanner itself resembles a large tube with a table in the middle, allowing the patient to slide in and lay down on the table. An MRI scan differs from CT scans and X-rays, as it does not use potentially harmful ionizing radiation.
Some examples for why an MRI would be used include:
- diagnose certain types of heart problems
- for breast cancer screening
- to diagnose diseases of the liver and other abdominal organs
- to aid in injuries or abnormalities of the joints, such as the back and knee
- to see tumors, cysts, and other anomalies in various parts of the body
The MRI emits a magnetic field to perform its scan. The MRI exposes your body to magnetic waves, and the ions and particles present in your body react by emitting radio waves. The waves’ combined effect highlights your internal organs, making them more visible in greater detail to help the doctor diagnose the abnormality. Your doctor will view the images on a computer screen and can also print the images out as well.
Open MRIs are exactly what you would think from their name. They are open, but still use magnets for taking images. Rather than being an enclosed capsule, they use a magnetic bottom and top and all four sides are open. This aids in reducing the risk of panic attacks and claustrophobia, allowing you to make use of an MRI to diagnose your condition accurately.
High-field MRIs complete the imaging process in a much quicker period of time. This means that patients will spend less time inside the machine.
If you live in South Florida, or specifically the city of Hollywood, and are in need of an open or high-field MRI, or any medical imaging, then call the Hollywood Diagnostics Center today! Medical professionals are ready to assist you with all of the tests and procedures that you need to get your health in order. All of the staff is friendly and ready to answer any questions you have regarding any medical imaging technologies and procedures. Call the Hollywood Diagnostic Center at Phone: (954) 966-3600 today!